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Merkavah Rabbah

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The contents of Merkavah Rabbah show significant similarities to the Sar-Torah sections in the relevant chapters bearing that name and annexed to Hekhalot Rabbati and also included in Ma'aseh Merkavah. Merkavah Rabbah is printed in Musajoff's collection of Merkavah texts, Merkavah Shelemah. It is known from a number of manuscripts, though they do not agree in matters of contents and other details. The quotations are informed by these manuscripts. The term "Merkavah Rabbah" appears only once in the Hekhalot corpus, and indicates the end of a text that has no clear beginning. Even with the Synopse Zur Hekhalot-Literatur at hand, it is difficult to tell where Merkavah Rabbah begins and what it includes. However, we can still refer to the detailed description attributed to Rabbi Yishmaʾel of how the practice of the Sar-Torah should be carried out.

Keywords: Hekhalot Rabbati; Ma'aseh Merkavah; Merkavah Rabbah; Musajoff's collection; Synopse Zur Hekhalot-Literatur



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